Nest #6785

Nickname: Pond Acres Snag
Nest substrate: Dead Tree
Nest Location Description: snag nest at tree line approximately 400 feet south west of Pond Acres osprey Platform
Nest Cam URL:
Monitoring Groups: Delaware Fish and Wildlife
Latitude: 38.5527108625099
Longitude: -75.0704051544374
Followers: None

Past Seasons

Show reports, diaries, and photos from:Current 2019 2018 2017

Activity reports

2017 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/11/2017 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 08/08/2017
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/06/2017
Incubation initiation 05/03/2017 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 06/11/2017 Reason for nest failure
2018 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/08/2018 Nestlings 1
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 1
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/27/2018
Egg laying Chicks last observed 09/07/2018
Incubation initiation 04/21/2018 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/29/2018 Reason for nest failure
2019 Nest Activity Report by baygirl
Adult arrival 04/01/2019 Nestlings 2
Nest Occupied Yes Fledglings 2
Nest Active Yes First chick fledging 07/22/2019
Egg laying Chicks last observed 08/27/2019
Incubation initiation 04/15/2019 Nest failure
Clutch hatching 05/29/2019 Reason for nest failure

Photos of this nest

Nesting Diaries

07/05/2019 by baygirl
adult female in nest trying to shade 2 big chicks

06/30/2019 by baygirl
one chick visible with adult again today

06/26/2019 by baygirl
consistently seeing one chick but with the trees and angle of high nest there surely could be more than one chick.

05/29/2019 by baygirl
female shading at nest today, very warm day, 90 temps

05/24/2019 by baygirl
one low in nest

05/14/2019 by baygirl
nest still intact after heavy 3 days rain, one incubating

05/12/2019 by baygirl
snag nest still standing in extreme wind and 2 day rain storm, one deep in nest today

05/03/2019 by baygirl
one incubating

04/15/2019 by baygirl
one deep in nest, one on branch near nest

04/14/2019 by baygirl
no change at nest

04/05/2019 by baygirl
2 at nest but the nest is pretty much fallen

03/25/2019 by baygirl
snag nest visible but it has fallen quite a bit and 2 osprey flying over the nest and tussling with the 2 osprey from nearby platform

03/16/2019 by baygirl
snag nest may have come down over the winter, can not find it and no osprey seen thus far

09/07/2018 by baygirl
juvenile on top of snag crying for fish today at 2 pm, 2 other juveniles nearby also calling for fish, no adults seen

08/18/2018 by baygirl
juvenile in the trees near the nest crying for fish today, did not see any adults

08/08/2018 by baygirl
none seen today

08/03/2018 by baygirl
the lone fledgling from this nest site likes to sit on a branch farther away from the nest where it can watch the salt pond and the osprey from the next door Pond Acres platform.

07/24/2018 by baygirl
got a good view today, one on nest feeding a large chick

07/22/2018 by baygirl
obscured view of the nest again this evening with one adult appearing to be feeding a chick, later from another vantage point i could see the adult perched next to the nest but still cant see a chick.

07/21/2018 by baygirl
continue to see the adults in the nest with at least one chick but very poor visual on this nest due to the height and amount of pine trees in the area, chick should be flying soon

07/05/2018 by baygirl
one chick clearly visible this evening with both adults on the nest. the angle of this high nest makes it possible another chick is present but I saw just one.

06/25/2018 by baygirl
one adult in the nest appeared to be feeding but with the height of the nest and tree cover its going to be awhile before I can count chick heads. did not see mate.

06/10/2018 by baygirl
snag nest is still in tact after huge rainstorm yesterday, can see one osprey in the nest but no feeding or chicks yet visible

05/29/2018 by baygirl
male brought fish to nest, both stayed in nest with female eating and appeared to be feeding

05/19/2018 by baygirl
I continue to check this very heavy snag nest as we have had 7 straight days of heavy rain and so far the pair continues to incubate on the high nest

04/16/2018 by baygirl
both flew up to the top heavy looking snag while i was on site. they are actually closer to the Pond Acres platform pair but I have not seen any territorial scuffling.

04/11/2018 by baygirl
oh boy, the nest is quite large now, today both ospreys at the nest.

04/08/2018 by baygirl
I have been hearing this pair and seeing them soaring above the old nest site but today I finally saw their new snag nest (s). /They are building on top of a snag that is up against the treeline south of the prior nest and they actually have a small nest at the top and a larger nest mid way down the snag. The nests are "in progress" and do not appear to be strong enough to hold the family..

02/18/2018 by baygirl
Snag nest down after winter storms

09/21/2017 by baygirl
end of season: last adult female seen 8-03-17 last adult male seen 8-20-17 snag nest still looks good thru all the recent storms

08/08/2017 by baygirl
yesterday the chick was pretty feisty flapping and ignoring the extra fledgling on the nest, but then the heavy rains came and I was worried the snag would hold up with all the extra weight. Did not yet know if the chick could fly. This morning I went with great trepidation to see how the chick made it through the long storm and it was sitting on the snag alone. The nest looked fine and soon the chick flew off and headed straight for the tree where the adult male commonly sits to guard the territory or eat. Happy morning!

08/06/2017 by baygirl
again today I arrive to see the chick in a submissive stance while another fledlging is on the nest eating a fish. the female arrived with a fish and the chick was very aggressive in grabbing it. the female watched as the chick ate, she stood in between her chick and the interloping fledgling. tomorrow we are expecting a storm with more heavy rain and win. I will check the snag nest before sunset if possible. sure would like to see this chick flying.

08/05/2017 by baygirl
another day with the chick in a submissive stance as its mom stood guard calling for a fish and an interloping juvenile was also on the nest with its own fish. I am guessing the interloper is from across the pond from the size and darkness of its feathering. sure hope the chick is getting fed and some quiet time once in awhile as this snag nest seems to be a favorite new hangout for the local youngsters.

08/03/2017 by baygirl
one adult and the chick on the nest around 4 pm and then another osprey fledgling landed with a fish and stayed to eat. The adult female was tolerant and her chick stood in the omega stance, head down and facing away from the new nest guest. But after a few minutes the chick started flapping wildly and getting a bit of lift over the nest. Should be fledging very soon!

07/29/2017 by baygirl
I checked this snag nest early this morning following a terribly stormy rainy night. the chick was in the nest. unfortunately the chicks is just about 50 days and seems the ospreys have been fledging closer to 60 days. Just praying the nest holds through the next week of predicted steady rain and high water through the marsh. Sometimes I think the rising water is harder on snags than wind and rain.

06/08/2017 by baygirl
snag nest still holding and osprey deep in nest but chicks are due, just have not yet seen feeding behavior

05/25/2017 by baygirl
incubating, nest still looks stable

05/03/2017 by baygirl
has been hard to track this pair since they are next door to pond acres platform and all 4 ospreys spend time in various snags near their nests. there was a lot of fighting amongst themselves and with an immature bald eagle or 2 that love to hang out at the Salt Pond and steal fish and generally cause trouble. Around April 7th I noted an osprey at this snag nest that has been here since at least season 2016 and possibly 2015 but never productive. Finally today I can confirm incubation and did not see the mate.